Ann Vickers ( 1933 )

FERNANDO’s CORNER: Posted on May 10th, 2015

ANN VICKERS ( V )

I visited this very good RKO Radio film based on a Sinclair Lewis novel: ANN VICKERS
( 1933 ) 
with Irene Dunne as a social worker whose career is important in a day and age
( the ‘teens ) when it was supposed that women should marry and have children.

ANN VICKERS ( II )   ANN VICKERS ( VI )   ANN VICKERS ( IV )

Dunne ends achieving the highest academic degrees ( Ph. D ) and becoming a maverick in prison reform. Edna May Oliver plays her no-nonsense pal ( a doctor ) and Walter Huston is magnificent, as usual, as the judge who finally wins her over, after huge disillusionments with the male gender. Illegitimate children, pregnancy out of wedlock, adultery et al, are some of the issues tackled by this excellent film directed by the skillful John Cromwell.

ANN VICKERS ( III )

Bruce Cabot, plays an army officer who cheats Dunne and Conrad Nagel, an ever admiring beau of her. Dunne’s very good as usual. Huston would achieve even greater heights in Dodsworth (1936), also based upon Lewis’ oeuvre. A must-see.

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